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Why I Run

ImageTonight I am sitting on the couch wondering what I should write about. I have been thinking all day about what topics or thoughts that would be interesting. Those of you who know me know that I am a huge fan of The Biggest Loser. I have seriously been watching it since season 2. I rarely miss an episode and I think that it is a quality show to watch. Anyway on last nights episode one of the trainers asked a struggling contestant why she was on the show and what was her reason for wanting to become healthy. She didn’t have an answer. That is what I want to write about tonight. Why I run.

Minus the last twoish years that I have not really been running, you can say that I have been running for about four years. I started running while I was living in Pasadena Texas, serving a mission for my church. While I lived in Texas I gained a lot of weight. People fed us dinner almost every night, consisting of BBQ brisket, banana pudding, Blue Bell Ice Cream, and gumbo. Mmmmm I love Texas cooking. Anyways I started running so I could shed some of the weight that I gained, before I came home to Utah. At first I hated running. It was really hard and I was really out of shape, but I stuck to it. Once my lungs stopped burning and I got stronger I began to love it. Ever since I have loved taking time out of my day to run. These are the reasons that I run.

Why I Run

  • Running is my time to think, plan, and have no thoughts all in the same run.
  • Running pushes me to my limits. When I think I can’t go any further I do.
  • Running is the best kind of therapy. It’s easy to be honest with yourself when it’s just you and the road.
  • There is a certain kind of pride that come with saying “I am a runner”. It’s like bragging.. but different.
  • I love telling people how far I ran that day and seeing their reactions. Shock, enthusiasm, and envy.
  • This is a weird one, but one of my favorite times to run is at 4 or 5 pm…. in the middle of the summer. One could call me a sun worshiper. I crave the warmth and heat from the sun. There is nothing more rewarding than returning from a long hot run and knowing that I beat the sun that day.

I could keep going on all night thinking about clever saying about why I run. When it boils down to it. I run for me. I don’t do it because other people say I should or because it is healthy. I do it because I literally love every second of it. No matter how hard. I think that is why most people run. It may start off as a way to loose weight, or get you a free trip to Hawaii, but those who keep doing it after the goal is reached, or the reward is claimed do it because they love it. That is why I run. Why do you?